Monte B Cowboy
Oct 7, 2012 7:12am
Re: Noise Removal
Audacity's free s/w noise removal is something I've not tried. The instructions for using it are straight-forward, but it looks funky.
Read this brief discussion and my review about audio restoration and Magix s/w:http://archive.org/post/318238/free-audio-restoration-software
My audiophile equipment at home is mediocre quality, but I feel like I know something about what I'm doing.
I would not expect a "preset (magic)" noise reduction "value" to work "correctly" for different noise levels on different tapes of different shows. I recommend experimenting, making some adjustments, making some mistakes, learning something new, and then perhaps asking some more questions. Try setting up some A / B tests and/or allowing other people to listen to your sound experiments.
If you have some uncirculated tapes, or something that everyone wants, please consider contacting a professional person to do the mastering rework (and transfers?) for you.
Here's my village-idiot A / B test for you to examine:
A - http://archive.org/details/1959-04-05.smcjb.aud.vernon.16866.sbeok.flacf
old tapes of San Mateo College Jazz Band (with Phil Lesh on trumpet in 1959)very noisy / pitch way off
B - http://archive.org/details/phil1959-04-05.pitch.dehiss.upgrade.flac
my new tapes of San Mateo College Jazz Band (with Phil Lesh on trumpet in 1959)noise reduction applied / pitch correction applied